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Certificate in University Teaching

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Description:

The Certificate in University Teaching is offered to all faculty, part-time/sessional instructors, and staff who are interested in developing their teaching practice and engaging in a community of practice along with their peers in the Ontario Tech University teaching community. The richness of the program is in shared experiences and the new connections that are formed.

The certificate program consists of 14 modules, which include an examination of learning theories, principles of instructional design and Universal Design for Learning, and an exploration into learning technologies. A presentation on personal teaching philosophies and teaching best practices will conclude the program. Each of the 14 modules takes approximatley 3 hours to complete. 

If you are a teaching assistant or graduate student who is interested in the program, please visit our Certificate in University Teaching for Teaching Assistants page.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of the course,  participants will be able to:

  1. Engage in a community of practice through discussion and reflection to critically evaluate teaching practices and classroom strategies.
  2. Use evidence-based teaching practices to design teaching and learning activities that foster student engagement (active learning, UDL, authentic assessment, etc.).
  3. Discuss and apply principles of instructional design including constructive alignment, strategies to promote significant learning and relevant assessment (methods/activities/techniques).
  4. Make informed choices regarding the use of various learning technologies in your teaching practice.
  5. Articulate a personal teaching philosophy based on investigations and analyses of teaching and learning.

Requirements:

  1. Attendance/participation in 10/14 modules. Includes completion of ‘exit ticket’ for each completed module.
  2. TLC observation (online or face-to-face) of your teaching. For those who do not teach in a formal setting, an alternative reflection assignment paper will be required.
  3. Peer observation of teaching (online or face-to-face) outside of your program area (completed between January and end of February). Reflection to be submitted on Blackboard.
  4. Submit a Teaching Dossier/Portfolio.
  5. Teaching Philosophy Presentation.

Schedule 2019/2020

Adobe Connect and In Person sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 *BB = Blackboard (asynchronous), AC = Adobe Connect (synchronous), F2F = In class

Month

Date 

Module Title

Delivery Method

Facilitator(s)
September

Sept 18, 2019 

1. Intro & Good Teaching and Learning Practices

F2F + BB

All

Sept 25, 2019

2. Learning Theories

BB 

Bill Hunter

October

Oct 2, 2019

3. Mental Health and Wellness in Education

F2F

Wendy Stanyon

Oct 9, 2019

4. Instructional Design and Learning Outcomes

BB 

Caroline Ferguson 

Oct 23, 2019

5. Universal Design for Learning

BB + AC

Jeanette Oliveira

Oct 30, 2019

6. Accessible Instructional Materials

BB

Caroline Ferguson

November 

Nov 6, 2019

7. Assessment and Effective Feedback

F2F

Caroline Ferguson 

Nov 13, 2019

8. Intersectionality and Communication 

BB  Bridgette Atkins & Susan Forbes

 

Nov 20, 2019

9. Active Learning Strategies

F2F

Jeanette Oliveira & Caroline Ferguson

Nov 27, 2019

10. Technology and Teaching

BB 

Bridgette Atkins
January 

Jan 15, 2020 

11. Teaching Dossiers and Documentation of Teaching

BB + AC

Jeanette Oliveira

Jan 22, 2020

12.Signature Pedagogies

BB 

 

Caroline Ferguson

Jan 29, 2020

13. Finding and Using Open Educational Resources

BB + AC

Sarah Stokes & Kate Gibbings

 

February 

Feb 12, 2020

14. Teaching Philosophy Presentations

F2F

Bridgette Atkins, Caroline Ferguson & Jeanette Oliveira